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We offer 2 programmes within the department, a 3-year and 4-year programme. Our programmes are funded from many sources including the Research Councils (EPSRC, BBRSC, NERC and MRC), Charities, the European Community, US Government sources and industry in the UK, Europe and the USA.

PhD Chemistry (3-year)

PhD Chemistry

The 3-year Chemistry PhD programme is focused on a major piece of original research. You will study under the direct supervision of a member of staff, who is an expert in his or her area of specialisation. The department offers a broad range of research themes across physical, organic, inorganic and computational chemistry, specific departmental strengths are listed under research areas below.

Read more on the Chemistry PhD programme 

Wellcome Trust Interdisciplinary Programme in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology (4-year)

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This unique programme offers opportunities to study at UCL, Birkbeck College and MRC-NIMR. Students are exposed to a wide range of training in protein structure, chemical biology and the computational tools necessary to address important problems in biomedicine.

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A 4-year PhD studentship in machine learning and simulation of molecular transport through zeolites  (D/L:26/09/2022)

Supervisor: Prof Ben Slater
Application deadline: 26th September 2022
Interview date: Friday 7th of October 2022
Start date: 1st of November or 1st of December subject to negotiation. 

UCL Chemistry Department is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start in November or December 2022.  The student will carry out his/her doctoral research at UCL.

Zeolites are crucial materials to the petrochemical and chemistry industry. These catalysts are frequently generated by making the desired structure and then exchanging the as-synthesized charge compensating ion with some other ion that then activates the material. This project seeks to understand how this process occurs at the atomic level and why frequently the exchange process is less efficient than it should be. We will use a state of the art computational approaches, including density functional theory and machine learning potentials (and potentially experimental lab-based approaches) to gain a basic insight into how the structure and composition of the interface affects the transport of ions across the surface barrier. The project is in collaboration with Johnson Matthey and there will be opportunities to work on site at Johnson Matthey laboratories. 

The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or related subjects. 

Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, Prof Ben Slater, with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in these projects. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Please note that a suitable applicant will be required to complete MS Form entitled Application for Research: degree Chemistry programme. In addition, it is essential that suitable applicants complete an electronic application form at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/chemistry-mphil-phd#programme-choice prior to the application deadline and advise their referees to submit their references as soon as they possibly can. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for the interview no more than 4 weeks after the application deadline.
The interview process will include a short data analysis project and the preparation of a small report to summarise its results. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac and Rhianna Betts at doctoral.chem@ucl.ac.uk.

Applications are welcome from UK nationals, EU students with settled/pre-settled status and students with indefinite leave to remain or enter subject to residential eligibility criteria. Full details on eligibility for UKRI funding including residential requirements are in the https://www.ukri.org/manage-your-award/meeting-ukri-terms-and-conditions-for-funding/. The updated rules for eligibility for home fees for next year are available at View Website.
Applications will be accepted until 26th September 2022. 

Development of new sample environment for combined Neutron – X-rays fuel cell study under operational conditions (D/L:14/11/2022)

Supervisor: Dr F. Foglia
Start date: 26 September 2022

UCL Chemistry Department is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start in January 2023.  The student will carry out his/her doctoral research at UCL.

This studentship focuses on the operando and ex situ characterisation of membrane systems for use in fuel cell and electrolyser technologies (see for example F. Foglia et al Nature Materials 21, 555-563, 2022). Research will be carried out at UCL and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory within both the Diamond Lightsource and ISIS Spallation Neutron and Muon Source. No prior experience with X-ray or neutron scattering techniques are required, and applicants are encouraged from a range of backgrounds in chemistry, chemical engineering or other physical science. 

The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent. 

Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, Dr Fabrizia Foglia, with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in these projects. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Please note that a suitable applicant will be required to complete MS Form entitled Application for Research: degree Chemistry programme. In addition, it is essential that suitable applicants complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply (please select Research degree: Chemistry programme) prior to the application deadline and advise their referees to submit their references as soon as they possibly can. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for the interview no more than 4 weeks after the application deadline.
The interview process will include a short data analysis project and the preparation of a small report to summarise its results. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac and Rhianna Betts at doctoral.chem@ucl.ac.uk.

Applications are welcome from UK nationals, EU students with settled/pre-settled status and students with indefinite leave to remain or enter. Please note that the studentship only covers home fees. The updated rules for eligibility for home fees for next year are available at View Website.

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Departmental Graduate Tutor
Professor Jim C. Anderson
Email: j.c.anderson@ucl.ac.uk

For all PGR enquiries contact:
Email: doctoral.chem@ucl.ac.uk